From the Visitor's center enter the loop trail going counter clockwise. Head toward the North Meadow and the entry to the North Beach Trail (these will be marked on your map). Once you have made your way down to the water, follow the trail out to the lighthouse. If the tide is low you may be able to walk on the beach. You will see stairs leading to the beach, but if the tide is high, they just lead to water :) As you turn the corner toward the south beach you will have an excellent view of Mt. Rainier (on a clear day). After you are done exploring the beach, take the south beach trail back up. A big climb, and several sets of stairs, but some good spots to stop and catch your breath. At the top of the last set of stairs, catch your breath and enjoy the view. You can then follow the loop trail back to the Visitor's Center. The Loop trail is ~3 miles total, and the diversion to the beach adds probably 1.5 more.
BTW, I'm pretty sure the # 33 bus form 1st and Denny will get you right outside the park (Government Way) near the Visitor's Center :)
This 534-acre park on the west side of Seattle is a paradise of walking trails, fields, cliffs, tidal beaches, and mountain views. On a clear day, this is yet another fine choice for outdoor activity very close to the city.
The Visitor Center is open Tuesday-Sunday 8:30AM-5PM. Closed Mondays and holidays. The park itself is open daily 6AM-11PM. Admission is free and parking is plentiful.
I love this park. It is huge and is a great place to bring a picnic and spend a day. We walked the 3 mile Loop Trail, which is well marked, well maintained, and it passes through deep woods, meadows, and along a bluff overlooking the ocean. There are many other trails: I recommend stopping by the visitor center (closed on Mondays) for a trail map to choose one.
Discover Park is a great place to go walking in Seattle. It is an old world war II for that sits along the north end of Seattle's magnolia area. There is a great beach there to look at the Olympic Mountains. The West Point Lighthouse is also there. Lots of trails, both paved and unpaved, ready to explore.
We walked around and then took the South Beach Trail, which lead us down the wooden steps and along the beach to the lighthouse.
A great place to unwind with nature. We saw rabbits come out around dusk and caught sight and sound of woodpeckers banging away in the trees.
A long walk but some great views.
This lighthouse is located in Discovery Park. There are some nice wooded trails through the park which lead down to the beach. The lighthouse lies at the end of the beach. Up at the top of the trail there are some amazing views of the surrounding islands, and the Olympic Mountains!